BenRiach 17-year-old

Overall rating
87.68/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
WB81985
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Solstice - Edition 2
Bottled
17.06.2015
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels + Tawny Port Finish
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LJ30610 ; 17. + 18.06.2015
Barcode
5060088793725
Added on
06 may 2016 1:11 pm by ottos
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 94.02

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.68 points.

  1. effective_frame scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tasted blind from a sample. There’s zero chance I ever would have guessed this. I was dead-set on this being an ex-bourbon Islay from the first whiff, which might have biased me against noticing any port influence, though wine was vaguely hinted at from a mildly tannic finish. Being a tawny port I’ll not feel too bad for noting absolutely zero fruitiness of any kind, I see this as being fairly dry.
    • Nose
      Mellow damp peat smoke, wet wood, creamy (va)nilla wafers. A bit of a medicinal, iodine and chlorine backdrop. Definite coastal salinity here too. Briny.
    • Taste
      Charcoal smoke rolls in, but relaxed. Dry and balanced wood influence, nice and oily texture. Oh yeah, this is a bit of a salty one (love the salt). Bandages, too. Super quick hit of barely-sweetened mocha. It’s spicy but not sadistic, no water needed.
    • Finish
      Return of the iodine sensation. Really pleasantly dry and bitter on the finish, faintly tannic. Leaves off with relaxed, toasty smoke that keeps you busy for a while.

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  3. SebStar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    sensation of dry peat, smoke, wood, meat juice, citrus with lemon and a little vanilla and butterscotch.
    slightly peppery
    mouth:
    very oily, cold, slightly liquorice smoke, peppery spices, smoked
    caramel, slightly salted meat, well-grilled bacon, made wine, a touch of cooking broth, and herbs, dry seaweed!
    return of bitterness with herbs and stones
    final:
    peppery, earthy, smoky, woody, lemony and cooked zest, cooked wine, a little humus, for a fairly long finish even if monolithic.

  6. PBoe70 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great malt with a lot of power!

    [F] dark mahogany wood;
    • Nose
      91 91
      clearly Port wine, strong smoky note, spices;
    • Taste
      93 93
      strong onset, full of spices, fruits, port, oak, over all smoke; despite 50% no alcoholic sharpness!
    • Finish
      91 91
      long and spicy, smoke fades away slowly;

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Quercus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    (Blind PWC of 21/10/17) A classic well done as a whole. I still place it behind the Septendecim.
    • Nose
      A beautiful peat very Sherry, fruity and vanilla.
    • Taste
      A very alcoholic mouth, dry on the peat of course but also on the red fruits and the Porto.
    • Finish
      An average finish on coffee, peat ... all accompanied by bitterness.

  14. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A well-made whisky even if there are few flavors. The spiciness has a certain intensity but is a good counterpoint to the sweetish influence of the port finish. In the end, the sweet component predominates and it sticks - 14.04.2017
    • Nose
      Cold, medicinal smoke is noticeable as soon as it is poured and spreads immediately in the room, mineral, a delicate-sweet component is noticeable in the background, some plum, raisin, rosehip, spices, grassy, ​​fresh moss, forest soil, musty, a hint of vanilla is also to be found
    • Taste
      Cool, smoky, very spicy, aromatic, the oak is very present, in short ginger sharpness, but on the whole the alcohol is very well integrated and pushes hardly forward, at the end comes again the oak, it remains a spicy bitterness in the sweet liquorice converts
    • Finish
      medium

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